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Application Deadlines

For all dates listed, the deadline is 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

If there is a discrepancy between the deadline information on this page and other materials you may have received, you should adhere to the deadlines on this page.

Some programs will continue to accept applications after the deadline, if spaces are available. If you are interested in applying after the deadline, contact your department or program of interest to determine their policy on accepting late applications. 

Please do not attempt to apply for 2020 admission using the current online admission application. If you do so, your application data (including recommendations) will be deleted before the new application season begins. The application for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available in August 2019.


Fall semester

Fall semester application deadlines vary by department.

Spring semester

October 1: Deadline to submit all Ph.D. and master’s applications for the spring semester, space permitting.

Note: Very few departments accept new students for the spring term. To determine which ones do, go to the Programs and Degrees section of the website, click on the appropriate program link, and read the notes under General Information. Keep in mind that financial assistance is not always readily available for students who start in the spring.

Summer session

Very few departments accept new students for the summer session. With the exception of applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program (which begins in the summer), applicants who wish to apply for summer admission must obtain special permission from the department of interest and The Graduate School. Summer session applicants should adhere to the fall application deadlines.

If you missed the deadline

While some departments will consider applications that arrive after the deadlines, others will not. Also, enrollment in many departments fills up soon after the deadlines. The earlier The Graduate School receives your materials, the better your chances are for full consideration.